Retail sales in Hong Kong rose 9.8% in March to 40.2B HKD ($15.8B) to come in significantly...

|By:, SA News Editor

Retail sales in Hong Kong rose 9.8% in March to 40.2B HKD ($15.8B) to come in significantly slower than the 15% consensus forecast of analysts. By volume, sales rose 10.2% compared to the forecast for 14% and the 21.9% pace seen in February when the Lunar New Year holiday hit the calendar. Luxury sellers in particular are looking for strong sales numbers from Hong Kong. On watch: Gucci (GUCG.PK), Prada, Louis Vuitton (LVMUY.PK), Coach (COH), Ralph Lauren (RL), Michael Kors (KORS), Swatch (SWGAY.PK), Burberry (BURBY.PK), and Tiffany (TIF).